When: Sunday, July 15, 2018, 10:00AM-8:00PM
Where: 2200 S. Wentworth (at Cermak Rd.) to 24th Place
Consider riding the water taxi to Chinatown from downtown. Here’s a guide.
This iconic and popular annual celebration of Far East Culture returns. Events include the Lion Dance Procession, arts & crafts, great cuisine, activities for families and children, and more.
- Lion dance procession at 12:30 p.m.
- A welcome at 1 p.m. on the main stage
- Followed by Asian performances, kung fu demonstrations and a children’s area with pony rides and petting zoo–a fabulous family event.
Other things to do in Chinatown:
- Shopping: Chinatown has great deals on inexpensive knickknacks, lanterns, tiny silk purses, grosses of chopsticks etc. Try Chinatown Bazaar, 2221 S. Wentworth Ave., 312-225-1088. Woks ‘n’ Things try 2234 S Wentworth Ave, 312-842-0701. Chinatown Square 2133 S. China Place (312) 808-1745.
- Check out the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, 238 West 23rd Street, 312-949-1000. Suggested donation $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.
- Dining: Many restaurants in Chinatown don’t take reservations except for large groups so you’ll have to make your way through the crowd and get on the list. At the minimum try calling ahead to get a reservation.
- Lao Sze Chuan is one of the best restaurants in Chinatown but getting in quickly may be difficult. Lao Sze Chuan, 2172 S. Archer Ave., 312-326-5040.
- Richland Center Food Court, Chinatown Square, 2002 S. Wentworth, Basement. Super cheap eats starting around $6.
- Architecture: Check out the new Chinatown Library designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill at 2100 South Wentworth Avenue, (312) 747-8013.
Chicago Tribune article about Chinatown.
Ping Tom Memorial Park’s 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River in he Armour Square Community.
In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of impressive river views. The park has a children’s playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements.
In June of 2013, the Chicago Park District opened a new boat house in Ping Tom Park. The boat house offers kayak rentals during the summer season and a public dock that is available for use by non-motorized boats during park hours.
Restrooms are also available to the public when the boathouse vendor is operating. For details on hours of operation, please visit Urban Kayaks.
In 2002 the District acquired 4.98 acres from the RR (Burlington Northern / Santa Fe) north of 18th Street and west of Wentworth.
Following community planning meetings it was determined that a new field house and athletic ball field would be constructed on the new acreage. In 2004 the athletic field was completed.
In October, 2013, the Ping Tom Memorial Park fieldhouse was completed and opened to the public.
The fieldhouse offers the community a gymnasium, swimming pool, meeting rooms, a fitness center, locker rooms, 2nd story outdoor patio with skyline views, green roof top, elevator and full service kitchen.
In 2015, the fieldhouse was named in honor of the late Advisory Council President, Leonard Louie.